What's next?

Here's how to get started and what you need to know before you arrive in Ann Arbor.

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Explore funding opportunities and apply for financial aid

Look for an email from the Ford School on March 11 with admissions and funding details.

Apply for the Weiser Diplomacy Fellowship (application opens March 14) by March 23 (8:00 a.m. ET) and the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship (application opens March 14) by March 23 (8:00 a.m. ET). See links for details and eligibility.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so that it is received by U-M by March 31, 2024. Visit the U-M Financial Aid Dates & Deadlines list for more detail.

Submit a request for Ford School funding reconsideration by April 14.

Accept admission

Accept your admission via the email you will receive from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Deadlines vary—please be sure to respond by the date listed in your individual Ford School admissions email.

Learn more about the Ford School

We carefully curated a set of in-person and virtual activities to help you get to know your Ford School community—including Spring Preview Day, coffee chats with alumni, and more—just for our newly admitted MPP and MPA students. 

Follow our Instagram! On March 24th, check out our Stories and hear directly from students as we highlight our annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. On April 2, tune in to our Instagram Live tour of Weill Hall. We can't wait to get to know you!

April 5

Spring Preview Day

Join us in Ann Arbor for Spring Preview Day, an opportunity to meet the Fordie community – your future cohort, faculty, alumni, and staff.
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March 13 - April 12

Admitted student activities

Join Ford School alumni for in-person chats in select cities around the U.S., hop on a virtual chat with current students, and tune in to webinars centered around leadership, careers, and academic support.
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Get to know your community

We’re excited to see you start your journey as a Ford School student, and you don't have to wait until you arrive in the fall to get to know us. Connect with faculty, current students, research, and more. Follow us on social media and join us on a live virtual tour of Weill Hall.
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